Since May our consultations are running; in Nepal, India and Ethiopia we already gained initial results of our partner organizations and in the next few months many more will be joining.
Overall, we will be interviewing over 2000 working children in more than 35 countries. Children, who help out two hours in the business of their parents after school, can be heard, just like children who do hours of work in quarries or mines every day. As different as the performed works are, as different are the reasons for children to work and their attitude towards their work. We want all aspects of child labor to be captured and illuminated and emphasize on the different understandings and children’s views on children’s work. We want to find out how children’s lives looks like.
Therefore, we have developed various tools and exercises that allow children to describe their view on their lives during the consultation and interviews. One of the exercises is called “A day in the life of…“.On the basis of a timeline, the children are asked to record a normal day in their daily live and to write down hours for tasks and duties. Employees of our partner organizations are trained by us and accompany the children during the consultations. Like this we can make sure that we create a space where children feel safe and free to express their views.